Glasgow Green

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A walk in the park with some history

Given that the medieval settlement of Glasgow grew up around the High Street and Saltmarket, from the cathedral in the north to the river in the south, then this open area of land adjacent to the Clyde can legitimately claim to be Glasgow's oldest park. Over the centuries it has played host to Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army, radical political meetings, sports clubs and a railway station although that closed in 1953. More recently, it has been a venue for huge outdoor music gigs and the World Pipe Band Championship.

The People's Palace, the city's social history museum with attached Winter Gardens, is sited within the park but there are other points of interest: the world's biggest terracotta fountain for instance, a number of monuments, children's play areas, there is an attractive pedestrian suspension bridge crossing the Clyde and a football centre with assorted grass and synthetic pitches. On the Green's eastern side meanwhile, not far from the People's Palace, you find the Templeton building, a remarkable piece of late Victorian architecture modelled on the iconic Doge's Palace in Venice. Originally it was built as a carpet factory but part of the premises is now home to West Brewery, Bar and Restaurant where you find craft beer and German-influenced cooking.

By: Keith Davidson

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